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Submission on LBT Rights for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

MADRE, a group that demands rights, resources and results for women worldwide, and has collaboarated with BAI on rape accountability, submitted this report on human rights violations committed against LBT persons in Haiti. The submission was made in collaboration with FASCDIS, SEROvie, MADRE, IGLHRC and CUNY Law School and submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

June 15, 2015

Attention: CEDAW Secretariat OHCHR – Palais Wilson 52, rue de Paquis CH – 1201 Geneva 10 Switzerland

Sent via email to cedaw@ohchr.org

Re: Submission to the Pre-Sessional working group of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for the adoption of list of issues for the Government of Haiti 63rd Session (27-31 July 2015)

This letter is submitted to you by Femmes en Action Contre la Stigmatisation et la Discrimination Sexuelle (FACSDIS); SEROvie; the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC); MADRE, and; the City University of New York (CUNY) International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic to assist the Pre-sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for the adoption of the list of issues for the Government of Haiti, 63rd Session (27-31 July 2015). This letter focuses specifically on issues related to the treatment of lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) persons, as well as women’s human rights defenders, including recommendations for questions directed at the Government. Our organizations have worked collectively on human rights issues in Haiti for more than a decade; so we hope this will be of use to the Committee as it sets the priorities for Haiti’s upcoming review.

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